Category: Health and Education

Health and Education

Four ways to combat South Carolina’s OB-GYN Shortage 

by WREN on May 15, 2024

Everyone should have access to the healthcare they need when they need it, especially when it comes to reproductive health. Unfortunately, South Carolina currently has a shortage of medical professionals who specialize in women’s health, making it extremely tough for many people to access essential services.  According to a 2022 report from March of Dimes,

Health and Education

Global Day to Destigmatize Abortion

by Kelli R. Parker on Mar 28, 2024

Whether you realize it or not, someone you know or love has had an abortion. Abortion is healthcare and a normal part of our reproductive journeys. Approximately 25 percent of people capable of pregnancy in the United States (that’s 1 in 4) will have an abortion by age 45. For many people, accessing safe abortion

Health and Education

Let’s improve South Carolina’s pregnancy-related death rates 

by Demetria Mosley on Jan 24, 2024

Addressing the issue of pregnancy-related deaths in our state requires all of us to admit a hard truth: South Carolina must adapt if its residents are to have a home state that is safe and thriving.   As WREN advocates for various rights and freedoms in our state, we must all be willing to confront some

Health and Education

Embracing Bodily Autonomy: A Call for Freedom and Equality  

by Demetria Mosley on Dec 15, 2023

For far too long, the rallying cry of “my body, my choice” has echoed across the globe, a defiant response to the intrusive grasp of politicians attempting to wield control over our bodies. But what exactly does it mean for every individual to have the right to determine what does and doesn’t happen to their

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education

Let’s take action against Period Poverty together!

by Demetria Mosley on Oct 12, 2023

Each month, 1.8 billion people around the world menstruate. The menstruation process, which is often referred to as a period or a cycle, causes blood from inside the inner lining of the uterus to flow outside of the vagina. To prepare for their menstruation, a person might spends around $20 per month on products like pads and tampons.

Health and Education

What does the abortion ban mean for South Carolina?

by Kelli R. Parker on Sep 1, 2023

It’s been one week since the South Carolina Supreme Court upheld a law that bans abortion after “cardiac activity” can be detected by an ultrasound, with limited exceptions. In some cases, the so-called “heartbeat” can be heard starting at roughly the sixth week of pregnancy, which is why the law has consistently been called a

Health and Education, News


by Ann Warner on Jan 25, 2023

STATEMENT FROM ANN WARNER, CEO OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS EMPOWERMENT NETWORK ON JUDICIARY SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING FOR H. 3774  January 25, 2023 (PRESS STATEMENT) Columbia, SC – Ahead of tomorrow’s House Constitutional Laws Subcommittee hearing on H. 3774, WREN has released the following statement.   Ann Warner, CEO of Women’s Rights Empowerment Network (WREN)  Tomorrow, a Judiciary Subcommittee

Health and Education

Three WAYS you can support bodily autonomy NOW

by WREN STAFF on Jan 18, 2023

Three WAYS you can support bodily autonomy NOW Each year, the Women’s Right and Empowerment Network (WREN) works in community with others to advocate for the freedom to make decisions for ourselves and our bodies. WREN believes EVERYONE should have the right to decide what they want for themselves and their bodies.  This freedom is

Health and Education, Policy Updates

H.5399 Sent to Conference Committee

by Ashley Lidow on Oct 24, 2022

After months of protests and objections by health care providers, advocates, and the majority of South Carolinians, the South Carolina Legislature is still pushing to pass H.5399.     On Tuesday, October 18, the Senate voted to “insist” on their version of H.5399. Now the bill will be sent to a conference committee made up of 3